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Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Japan's SPIRITED AWAY,
directed by Hayao Miyazaki,
is the Chlotrudis pick for
Best Animated film.

Last updated: January 1, 2012
Copyright 2006 Michael R. Colford.
All rights reserved

Chlotrudis Society Picks:
55 Best Animated Films!

As part of a yearly tradition, the members of CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM have created a list of the 55 BEST ANIMATED FILMS OF ALL TIME. Animated films aren't traditionally independent films. The best known animated films in the U.S. comes from huge studios like Disney and Pixar. And while those studios are certainly represented on this list, there are a wide range of films appearing from all over the world. By creating lists of challenging and well-made films, Chlotrudis hopes to encourage film buffs to educate themselves about the history of film.

Fourteen countries are represented on this list of animated films, with Japan, unsurprisingly, taking the second spot after the US with fifteen films represented. The popularity of anime certainly rivals the interest in animated films generated by Disney and Pixar. France, the United Kingdom, and Austrlia also enjoy multiple entries, at six, five and four respectively.

Japan scores the most films appearing on the list attributed to a single director, namely Hayao Miyazaki, famed animator responsible for Studio Ghibly, and the list's number one film, SPIRITED AWAY. Miyazaki's five other entries include MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO at #12, PRINCESS MONONOKE AT #28, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE at #37, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE at #38, and PONYO at #48. Interestingly enough, it is Miyazaki's fellow countryman, Satoshi Kon who scored the next highest number of films on the list with four: MILLENNNIUM ACTRESS coming in at #17, followed by TOKYO GODFATHERS, PAPRIKA, and PERFECT BLUE. U.S. and the UK directors follow respecitvely with three films apiece for Brad Bird and Nick Park.

It's not surprising, given the advances made in the art of animated filmmaking, that most of the films, twenty-nine were released in the year 2000 or later. The oldest film to appear on the list comes from 1937, Disney's SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS at #24.

To create this list, Nominating Committee members were asked to come up with their individual Top 20 animated films of all time. The definition of an animated film was very broad, including short films and animated pieces made for television. After receiving all of the lists, numerical values were assigned to each of the rankings, and each movie was given a point total. Ties were resolved by consideration of the number of lists a movie appeared on, followed by the highest ranking that movie reached.

We hope you enjoy our list of the 55 Best Animated Films of all time. From classics to the best of international animation, you'll find something to enjoy on this list.


Top 55 Animated Films




01 Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki
2001
02 Mary & Max
Adam Elliot
2009
03 The Nightmare Before Christmas Tim Burton
1993
04 The Triplets of Belleville
Sylvain Chomet
2003
05 Up Pete Docter/Bob Peterson 2009
06 Fantasia Multiple 1940
07 Grave of the Fireflies
Isao Takahata 1988
08 Wall-E Andrew Stanton
2008
09 The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson
2009
10 Persepolis Vincent Paronaud/Marjane Satrapi 2007
11 South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
Trey Parker/Matt Stone 1999
12 My Neighbor Totoro
Hayao Miyazaki
1988
13 Beauty and the Beast
Gary Trousdale/Kirk Wise 1991
14 The Illusionist
Sylvain Chomet
2010
15 The Incredibles
Brad Bird
2004
16 Waking Life
Richard Linklater
2001
17 Millennium Actress
Satoshi Kon
2001
18 Coraline Henry Selick 2009
19 Chicken Run
Peter Lord/Nick Park 2000
20 Toy Story 3
Lee Unkrich 2010
21 Sita Sings the Blues
Nina Paley 2008
22 $9.99 Tatia Rosenthal 2008
23 Finding Nemo
Andrew Stanton/Lee Unkrich 2003
24 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
David Hand 1937
25 The Iron Giant
Brad Bird
1999
26 Ratatouille Brad Bird/Jan Pinkava 2007
27 Fantastic Planet
René Laloux 1973
28 Princess Mononoke
Hayao Miyazaki
1997
29 Tokyo Godfathers
Satoshi Kon/Shôgo Furuya 2003
30 Wallace & Gromit in the Case of the Were-Rabbit
Steve Box/Nick Park 2005
31 Toy Story
John Lasseter 1995
32 Pinocchio Hamilton Luske
1940
33 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Robert Zemeckis
1988
34 The Lion King
Roger Allers/Rob Minkoff 1994
35 Akira Katsuhiro Ohtomo 1988
36 Wallace & Gromit in the Wrong Trousers
Nick Park 1993
37 Howl's Moving Castle
Hayao Miyazaki
2004
38 Kiki's Delivery Service
Hayao Miyazaki
1989
39 The Secret of Kells
Tomm Moore/Nora Twomey 2009
40 Paprika Satoshi Kon
2006
41 Bambi David Hand
1942
42 Wings of Henneamise
Hiroyuki Yamaga 1987
43 Waltz with Bashire
Ari Folman 2008
44 Ghost in the Shell
Mamoru Oshii 1995
45 Happy Feet
George Miller/Warren Coleman/Judy Morris 2006
46 Despicable Me
Pierre Coffin/Chris Renaud 2010
47 The Brave Little Toaster
Jerry Rees 1987
48 Ponyo Hayao Miyazaki
2008
49 Perfect Blue
Satoshi Kon
1997
50 Duck Amuck
Chuck Jones
1953
51
Closed Mondays
Bob Gardiner/Will Vinton
1974
52
Mulan
Tony Bancroft/Barry Cook
1998
53
A Scanner Darkly
Richard Linklater
2006
54
The Cat Returns
Hiroyuki Morita
2002
55
The Secret of NIMH
Don Bluth
1982